The ELS Center Chicago Dominican University in River Forest, IL - ELS 
dominican university campus river forest

River Forest, Illinois, United States

Chicago | Dominican University

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About This Center


ELS Chicago is on the campus of Dominican University in the Chicago suburb of River Forest, Illinois. Nearby Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier offer stores and restaurants within walking distance of Lake Michigan. Millennium Park and Grant Park feature musical festivals and concerts in summer and ice skating rinks in winter.

7200 West Division Street, River Forest, Illinois, United States

Great Things to See and Do

  • Museums: Chicago’s many museums – from art, to natural history, to astronomy – are among the best in the world.
  • Sports: Cheer for Chicago’s famous professional basketball, baseball, football, and hockey teams.
  • Millennium Park: The park, in the heart of Chicago just blocks from the Magnificent Mile, features hundreds of concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities every year.

Chicago | Dominican University

(708) 488-5010

  • Partner University
    • Dominican University
  • Housing Options
    • Homestay
    • Student Residence (Off Campus)
  • Center Facilities
    • Gorgeous ivy-covered buildings on classic university campus
    • Large, modern classrooms with smart technology
    • Free and unlimited access to printing and copying for ELS students
    • Modern three-story library with full access to books and study rooms for ELS students
    • New fitness center with basketball courts and indoor running track
    • Free shuttle bus service around university and to subway station
  • City Environment
  • Urban
  • This institution is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Students with suggestions or complaints may contact:

    Illinois Board of Higher Education
    1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333
    Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377
    (217) 782-2551

Housing Options


Many of the ELS\Chicago homestays are located within walking distance from the ELS center in the historic neighborhoods of the local community. Most students walk or bike to school. Located on the outskirts of Chicago, homestays provide students with a safe and quiet place to live and experience American life during the week and the chance to explore downtown Chicago on the weekends.
These communities are connected by an extensive public transportation network of buses, trains, and two subway lines, which provide easy access to the ELS Center and downtown Chicago, which is fewer than 30 minutes away. The local community also provides a wide variety of grocery stores, restaurants, and shops within walking distance of most host families.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1252
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • 14 meals per week

Student Residence (Off Campus)

The North Boulevard Apartments are located at 1002-1008 North Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60301, adjacent to public transportation, in the upscale neighborhood of Oak Park, once home to Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway. This housing is within minutes to the ELS/Chicago Center, shops, a movie theater, bookstore, and a variety of restaurants.

  • Cost per Session
  • $1032, $1340
  • Occupancy
  • Single
  • Meal Credits
  • Meals are not included, but all units have kitchen amenities for students to keep and prepare food.

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